Russian President Vladimir Putin has President Donald Trump‘s ‘thanks’ — for booting U.S. diplomats out of his country.
“I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll … I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll,” Trump commented while talking to reporters Thursday at his New Jersey golf club.
The President’s comment was hundred percent irony, because Russian president expelling U.S. diplomats out of Russia would remove them from the U.S. payroll.
Russia’s decision was a symmetrical answer to the move of Obama’s administration, expelling Russian diplomats from the US last year, shortly before Christmas. Kremlin did not act then, waiting for the new administration policies, however after Trump signature of anti-Russian sanctions, the hope of the improvement of the US-Russia relations evaporated, and Putin said the U.S. would have to reduce its diplomatic mission by 755 people, according to existing diplomatic practice to keep parity.